Saarland University Hospital

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Saarland University Hospital
Sponsorship Public institution
place Homburg
state Saarland
Country Germany
Coordinates 49 ° 18 '21 "  N , 7 ° 20' 39"  E Coordinates: 49 ° 18 '21 "  N , 7 ° 20' 39"  E
medical director Wolfgang Reith
beds 1,288 (2015)
Employee 5000 (2013)
including doctors 570
Affiliation University of Saarland
founding 1947

The University Hospital of Saarland ( UKS ) is the hospital of Saarland University in Homburg . It is concentrated on a campus south of the city center, with more than 100 clinic buildings scattered in over 200 hectares of forest. In the course of the UKS Projekt Zukunft project, which began in 2009 , numerous new buildings are being built and the internal medicine clinics are being combined in a large building complex. Affiliated are the medical faculty of Saarland University with around 2000 medical students and a school center with eleven schools for health professions.


On June 1, 1909, the third Palatinate sanatorium and nursing home was opened in Homburg . In the opening speech it was emphasized that this institution should be “a memorial for care and welfare” for the mentally ill and severely disabled people. Parts of the oldest building complex that still stands were planned and built in the purest Art Nouveau style from 1904 to 1910 by the architect Heinrich Ullmann . For example, the library and the clinic church , both of which are listed buildings , still exist today . In 1922, the institution was converted into the state hospital for the newly formed Saar area. The Second World War largely spared the buildings in the forest. In 1947 the University of Saarland was founded on the site of the former Homburg State Hospital, the partner university in the founding phase was Nancy , and the founding dean Hans Lullies .

In April 1948 it was decided to move the non-medical subjects to Saarbrücken . In 2005 the José Carreras Center for Immune and Gene Therapy was opened, and in 2006 the Outpatient Oncology Center (AOZ) for cancer chemotherapy was opened.

From 2009, the buildings, which were still scattered around the site, were restructured as part of the UKS Project Future and converted for around 200 million euros. In 2015 the first part of the new internal medicine building (IMED) was completed. In December 2018, the second part was completed and the departments moved into, so that the internal and surgical clinics with the central emergency room and radiology are now located in a connected building complex.

The institutes for physiology and biophysics were able to move into the newly established CIPMM (Center for Integrative Physiology and Molecular Medicine) in 2015. A newly constructed research building serves to network and share different equipment for working groups from all departments. The construction time was three years, the costs of 36 million euros were borne by the federal government (16 million) and the state (20 million). A new building will also be constructed for the Forensic Medicine and Pathology Institutes, construction of which was completed in 2019. In the clinics for ophthalmology, dermatology, and child and adolescent psychiatry, extensive renovation work is being carried out. A new central lecture hall and library building has been under construction since 2016.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new PZMS was set at the beginning of 2020. Like the CIPMM, it is intended to represent a central building for biochemistry and pharmacology.

Medical treatment

View from the Schlossberg to the clinic

The hospital is the largest hospital of the Saarland . Around 54,000 inpatients and 213,000 outpatients are treated annually in the various specialist clinics and institutes . As the largest hospital in the region, the university clinic with its specialized university outpatient departments takes on numerous tasks beyond traditional maximum care .

With ten intensive care units and a total of 203 intensive care beds, the UKS is the most important hospital for the care of critically ill patients in Saarland. The neonatal intensive care unit is a first-level perinatal center for the care of newborns at the highest risk.

The bone marrow transplant station, which opened in 2016, is one of the most modern in Germany. Attached is the center for bone marrow and stem cell transplants , which ensures the haematological-oncological care of the region. The clinic is a center for kidney , lung and liver transplants .

The Trauma Surgery Clinic runs the Saar-Lor-Lux-West Palatinate trauma network .


The medical faculty bundles its research activities on five different research areas:

  • Inter- and intracellular signal processing
  • Molecular Therapy Strategies
  • Mechanisms and Effects of Recombinant Processes
  • Central nervous system development and regression
  • Biocompatible and nanostructured materials

There are 250 research collaborations worldwide. So far, new treatment methods in particular have been developed for: hepatitis C, heart failure , cancer and Alzheimer's disease .

Important research areas are:

  • Collaborative Research Center 152 (since 2014): Control of body homeostasis using TRP channel modules
  • Collaborative Research Center 1027 (since 2013) : Physical modeling of non-equilibrium processes in biological systems
  • Collaborative Research Center 894 (since 2011): Ca 2+ signals: Molecular mechanisms and integrative functions
  • of the Clinical Research Group KFO 129: Mechanisms of resistance development and optimization of the antiviral strategy in hepatitis C virus infection, including integrative models from biomathematics and bioinformatics

Research successes

  • 1968: The world's first C-arm stand for coronary angiography
  • 1990: World's first successful treatment for unilateral deafness with a bone-anchored bone conduction hearing aid ( BAHA )
  • 1993: First identification of previously unknown human tumor antigens with the newly developed SEREX method
  • 2001: World's first bilateral implantation of bone-anchored pocket hearing aids ( CORDELLE )
  • 2003: Worldwide first use of a drug- coated balloon catheter (active ingredient: paclitaxel ) to avoid re-narrowing of the coronary arteries .
  • 2004: World's first copper therapy study against Alzheimer's
  • 2006: Worldwide new method for the diagnosis of brain tumors ( gliomas ) using iodine-123- phenylalanine

Teaching and training

The Medical Faculty of Saarland University offers courses in human medicine and dentistry . Furthermore, the Medical Faculty, together with the Natural Science and Technical Faculty III of Saarland University, carries out the course in biology with a focus on human and molecular biology .

There are 2,076 medical students studying at the Medical Faculty of Saarland University (status: winter semester 2013/2014). The average number of annual degrees is 270 in medicine and 25 in dentistry. It is only possible to start the course in the winter semester.

The university clinic has 11 technical schools with a total of 665 training and 142 training places: It offers training to become a nurse, pediatric nurse, midwife, dietician, orthoptist, MTLA, PTA, MTAF, MTRA, physiotherapist and Speech therapist.


New building for internal medicine

The University Hospital is divided into 30 clinics and seven institutes:

  • Clinic for Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy
  • Ophthalmology Clinic
  • Clinics and institutes for surgery
  • Clinic for gynecology, obstetrics and reproductive medicine
  • Ear, nose and throat clinic
  • Clinic for Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology
  • Clinics for child and adolescent medicine
  • Medical clinics
  • Institute for Infection Medicine
  • Clinics and institutes for neurology and psychiatry
  • Neurosurgery Clinic
  • Clinic for Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery
  • Institute of Pathology
  • Radiology clinics
  • Clinic for Urology and Pediatric Urology
  • Clinic for dentistry, oral and maxillofacial medicine
  • Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hygiene
  • Hemophilia Center


The administration of the university hospital is divided into the following five departments:

  • Department I - Human Resources
  • Department II - Finance
  • Department III - Economy
  • Department IV - Technology
  • Department V - Law and Administration

In addition to the above-mentioned departments, there are also independent facilities such as: the center for information and communication technology, the center for medical technology, occupational safety and environmental protection, radiation protection and data protection, the company medical service, project management office and the office for new construction projects.


As a major recipient, the clinic has its own zip code : 66421. The IMED project, which is currently under construction, is currently the most expensive construction project in Saarland. In 2015, the UKS reached 18th place in the Focus clinic list across Germany.

Allegations of abuse

In the summer of 2019 it became known that a doctor who was working as an assistant doctor at the child and adolescent psychiatry of the UKS allegedly abused several children during examinations. The man, who died of natural causes in 2016, was accused of having passed medically unnecessary examinations in the genital area as routine measures. The public only became aware of the matter as a result of research by the TV magazine Monitor , in which the University Clinic pre-empted the broadcast of the relevant report at a press conference. A total of 34 possible incidents were identified that spanned the period from 2010 to 2014. Investigations were suspended after the suspect's death in 2016. After the facts became known in the course of research by the editorial team of Monitor magazine , the suspect's study documents were also examined by a so-called "task force" in 2019 to determine to what extent possible cases of abuse could have occurred during his studies from 2003 to 2009 . The investigation did not reveal any evidence of abuse in the context of the studies and observations carried out during this period in which the man had been involved as a student.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Employees of the Medical Directorate and their staff units. In: Saarland University Hospital. Retrieved January 11, 2019 .
  2. Website of the Saarland University Hospital:
  3. 40 years of cardiology at the University Clinics of Saarland / Homburg 1959 - 1999 . Steinkopff, Heidelberg 1999, ISBN 978-3-642-93707-1 .
  4. Christine Maack: Storm hits Homburg University Hospital. In: Saarbrücker Zeitung. Retrieved July 29, 2018 .
  5. Wolfgang Müller (Ed.): Streiflichter on the founding of the Homburg University Institute 60 years ago (PDF; 5.9 MB)
  6. Saarbrücker Zeitung of July 3, 2009, p. A2
  7. New building for internal medicine 2006-2018. (PDF) Saarland University Hospital; , p. 113.
  8. 05-2015 - Top-level research in Homburg in a new building , report on the Uniklikum website, accessed on December 10, 2016.
  9. The UKS - Health Care, Research and Teaching in the Heart of Europe (PDF) , published in WirtschaftsBild Saarland, 2007.
  10. Saarland University Hospital - Hospital portrait. In: Retrieved September 16, 2016 .
  11. SFB compact - Ca2 + Signals - Collaborative Research Center 894. In: Retrieved September 16, 2016 .
  12. Home | SFB. In: Retrieved September 16, 2016 .
  13. Start - Ca2 + Signals - Collaborative Research Center 894. In: Retrieved September 16, 2016 .
  14. Saarland University Hospital - Hospital portrait. In: Retrieved September 16, 2016 .
  15. Child abuse in Saarland - investigators want to check hundreds of patient files for suspected cases " in Der Spiegel of June 24, 2019, accessed on May 22, 2020
  16. "Covered up for years: Alleged abuse of the university hospital" Monitor magazine (WDR), on June 27, 2019, accessed on May 21, 2020
  17. "No evidence of abuse at Saarland University Hospital" in Ärzteblatt (online) on November 26, 2019, accessed on May 22, 2020